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Jack McCall, Desperado (1953)

Approved | | Western | 1 April 1953 (USA)
Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes... See full summary »

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Jack McCall
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Rose Griffith
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'Wild' Bill Hickok
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Bat McCall
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Grey Eagle
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Spargo
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Red Cloud
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Col. Cornish
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Col. Brand
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Jack McCall is a Southerner, but joins the Union Army in the Civil War. When he is tricked into giving out the location of headquarters, he's tried as a spy and sentenced to death. He makes good his escape, but Hickok and Bat kill his parents to seize his plantation and money. Trying to prove his innocence, he locates Spargo after the war, who's paid off by Hickok and Bat, so that Jack is once again jailed and again escapes. He still has hopes of clearing his name, but Bat and Hickok now are after gold in the Dakotas. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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ONLY DESPERATE MEN RODE HIS TRAIL! (original ad - all caps)

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Western

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1 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Alçapão Sangrento  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In 1953, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with The Glass Wall (1953) starring Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame. See more »

Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Generally credited as 'traditional', authorship in dispute
Heard during the party at the McCall mansion
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George Montgomery struggles to clear his name
29 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Jack McCall, Desperado" (1953) is fairly pegged by IMDb voters at 5.4 and the IMDb storyline is accurate. I like Montgomery as an actor. He's convincing, straightforward, and expressive in his own way. I also like Douglas Kennedy, who quite often plays ambivalent characters or bad guys. Both actors had strong distinctive voices. They keep this movie going along with plenty of action, a fairly decent appearance role for Jay Silverheels, and a plot that places Montgomery behind the eight ball almost the whole way. The story is told mainly in one big flashback.

The story's weakest sequence, in my view, is in the staging of an ambush that involves a good many fighters on both sides, one side being Indians. This seemed just too one-sided. I would have liked to have seen a more evenly-balanced fight; there was too much disarray among the Indians. It also seemed not to be done in a really convincing way. Montgomery's love interest with Angela Stevens was more or less perfunctory. The best parts involve Montgomery's being framed, his escapes and his attempts to clear his name. These were the most novel and tense parts.


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